Maclean's first annual "Canada's Best Professional Schools"



    A comprehensive guide to post-graduate education, including Maclean's
    ranking of Canadian law schools and an in-depth look at medical, business
    and engineering schools across the country. In the issue of Maclean's
    hitting newsstands starting today.

    TORONTO, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - The annual Maclean's university rankings,
published each November, have long offered a broad evaluation of the quality
of undergraduate education at Canadian universities. And now, for the first
time ever, Maclean's ranks a specific program within those universities. Law
has long been one of the most competitive of professional schools.
"Above-average undergraduate marks are generally a must," writes Maclean's
editor Tony Keller, "with some schools being so competitive that they only
extend offers to the most outstanding students."
    The Maclean's law school ranking contains four elements, all drawn from
publicly available data: Elite firm hiring, national reach, Supreme Court
clerkships and faculty journal citations. Fifty per cent of the ranking weight
is devoted to student and graduate quality; the other 50 per cent is a measure
of faculty quality. (For more on methodology, go to macleans.ca/oncampus and
click on "Rankings.")

    
    Canada's top 3 law schools, overall:

    1.  University of Toronto
    2.  McGill University
    3.  Osgoode Hall, York University
    

    Our fourth place ranking is a three-way tie, which points to the close
standards and heavy competition between Canadian schools. The full ranking of
Canada's law schools is available in the issue of Maclean's on newsstands
today, and to media through the contact below. Bonus tables and a complete
explanation of methodology will be available online. Go to
macleans.ca/oncampus and click "rankings."

    The business of MBA's

    Have MBA, will travel. Canadian MBA schools are going after the
developing world's students - by taking programs directly to them. But as our
MBAs take on the global scene, what does the global scene, in turn, think of
them? Turn to Maclean's for the facts and figures on how Canadian schools
compare to their international counterparts.

    Medical School: Where have all the men gone?

    In the Canada of tomorrow, your doctor will probably be a woman. Most of
today's medical students are. This week's Maclean's presents a detailed
account of medical school admittance trends and shows our readers just how
hard it is to get in.

    Engineering - Civil is hot, computers are not

    Of more than a dozen engineering disciplines, Electrical, mechanical and
civil engineering continue to be mainstays, while computer engineering numbers
have dropped by almost half in the past four years. Look to Maclean's Best
Professional Schools issue for data concerning engineering enrolment, marks
and trends, as well as a feature on popular student groups. From Waterloo's
solar car, to the University of Saskatchewan's prize-winning elevator, to the
Great Canadian Concrete Canoe Championships, engineering students'
extra-curriculars are advancing the technologies of the future.

    About Maclean's:

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.9 million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business
and culture. Visit www.macleans.ca





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For further information: Jacqueline Segal,
Jacqueline.segal@rci.rogers.com

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